Of course, writers will cite all kinds of other reasons, ranging from “I can’t afford an editor” to “I have my friends and family to look over it and they are always honest with me”. Nope, these are just excuses my friends and if you are truly serious about your writing you need to STOP!
FACT: Every writer needs an editor – no matter how confident they are in what they have produced. A strong, clean, professional and appealing book does not happen by accident. It is all too easy to get enthralled in your writing and lose your objectivity – we have all done it. That’s why you need a professional to help you see the ‘wood for the trees’ or to put it another way ‘the words for the ideas’.
An editor is paid to truly look at the words; to revisit how the plot has been written. Have you over-complicated it? Jumped around and created confusion? Maintained a consistent style throughout? These are all areas that only a professional editor can address.
And yes, it does take bravery to put your beloved manuscript in the hands of an editor – particularly if they are effectively a stranger to you. It is bad enough when a friend criticises us, but a stranger? Now that really does affect our ego and yes, we ALL have one!
But it really is time to make a change – take a deep breath and leave your ego firmly at the door. Remember, the reason someone becomes an editor in the first place is because they love books and even better, they love well written books that meet their full potential. The editor is not the enemy and they are not looking to make you feel bad. On the contrary, they want to help you realise your full potential and if that means being brutal with the truth then so be it.
By working with an editor, you will know that the final book you publish will be the best it can be … now isn’t that worth leaving your ego at the door for?
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An exploration of the world of Ingrid Hall - book reviews and a little bit of Newcastle history. They do say variety is the spice of life!